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    Choosing between programs (UAB/BGSE/PennState/SSE)

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    I have a few offers at this point, and I am having a hard time evaluating my options. Feedback and opinions from other applicants and graduate students will help me make an educated choice, so please let me know what you think my best course of action would be. Any information about the programs below, regarding placements, learning environment, interaction with faculty, funding, etc. is very welcome. I think current graduate students will be able to offer a lot of insight.

    I am mainly interested in microeconomic theory, specifically applications of game theory to economics. I am not going to go into more detail here.

    Admissions:
    1. Autonomous University of Barcelona (IDEA program, will have to pay tuition, awarded a stipend for the first year)
    2. Barcelona Graduate School of Economics (Economics program, no tuition waiver)
    3. Pennsylvania State University (Ph.D., waitlisted for funding)
    4. Stockholm School of Economics (Ph.D., full funding)

    Pending:
    1. Tilburg University
    2. Bocconi University
    3. Paris School of Economics (M1 track)
    4. University of California- Santa Barbara
    5. London School of Economics (EME program)


    On a peripheral note, there are deadlines to accept some of the offers I have. But all my results are not in yet. In such a scenario, what does an applicant usually do?

    Thank you.

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    Re: Choosing between programs (UAB/BGSE/PennState/SSE)

    Right now, the obvious choice is SSE because of funding alone, but I do not have a sense of the rankings of the European programs.

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    Re: Choosing between programs (UAB/BGSE/PennState/SSE)

    Was Stockholm one of your top choices? It sure does seem like they want you there!

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    Re: Choosing between programs (UAB/BGSE/PennState/SSE)

    Quote Originally Posted by EXP View Post
    Right now, the obvious choice is SSE because of funding alone, but I do not have a sense of the rankings of the European programs.
    I put the funding information in the post for the sake of completeness. I am in a position to attend UAB for two years without additional funding, and I can finance myself for one year at Penn State if I am given a tuition waiver (I expect if I do well enough I'll secure funding thereafter via TA or RA work).

    I'd like to know more about these programs, and how they compare with one another especially with regard to my field of interest. I want to attend the best possible program.

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    Re: Choosing between programs (UAB/BGSE/PennState/SSE)

    Quote Originally Posted by dogbones View Post
    Was Stockholm one of your top choices? It sure does seem like they want you there!
    I never thought I'd get in. In absolute terms, it seems like an excellent program to go to. I was hoping to get more information via the forum.

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    Re: Choosing between programs (UAB/BGSE/PennState/SSE)

    SSE is an excellent program, but note that all these European programs will likely place you at a European school afterward. If you're interested in staying in the US then a US program should be your primary choice.

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    Re: Choosing between programs (UAB/BGSE/PennState/SSE)

    Quote Originally Posted by davidschindler View Post
    SSE is an excellent program, but note that all these European programs will likely place you at a European school afterward. If you're interested in staying in the US then a US program should be your primary choice.
    Thank you for your response. I don't have a preference between Europe and the US, as long as the placement is good.

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    Re: Choosing between programs (UAB/BGSE/PennState/SSE)

    Quote Originally Posted by padma View Post
    Thank you for your response. I don't have a preference between Europe and the US, as long as the placement is good.
    Keep in mind that salaries in the US are generally 2x those in Europe.

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    Re: Choosing between programs (UAB/BGSE/PennState/SSE)

    Quote Originally Posted by tm_member View Post
    Keep in mind that salaries in the US are generally 2x those in Europe.
    I didn't know. This is very helpful.

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    Re: Choosing between programs (UAB/BGSE/PennState/SSE)

    Penn State has a great program for theory, econometrics, trade, and probably some other fields. They punch above their weight in those areas. No funding is tough but I'm sure it's only for one year. If you have a tuition waiver and only need to cover living expenses for a year I'd definitely go to Penn State if you think you are good and would like to research in one of the aforementioned fields (provided that you prefer US to europe).

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